Collection ID:
Pan American World Airways, Inc.
bulk 1963-1986
Physical Description:
one Cubic Feet
(1 box)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of six films, two video tapes, and a 1/4 inch audio tape. The films in this collection are as follows "Wings to the Land of the Maya" (1965); "Birth of a Jet" (poor condition); "The Pan Am Story;" "Panamac - What it is...What it Does;" "50,000;" and end titles to a longer film. The video tapes in this collection are "C. E. Acker on Sale of Pacific Division" (4/25/1986, U-Matic); "Pan American/National Merger" (internal version, U-Matic). The audio tape is a recording of the "Old Timers Program" for October 10, 1963.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Pan American World Airways was active in the airline industry from 1927, when it established a regular scheduled international service, to its bankruptcy in late 1991. Pan American was the first American airline to operate a permanent international air service. From its first route between Key West and Havana, Pan Am extended its routes into the rest of the Caribbean, Central America and South America. In 1936, Pan Am inaugurated passenger service in the Pacific, and began service in the Atlantic in 1939. Pan Am started around-the-world commercial air service in 1947. Besides establishing many "firsts" with routes, Pan Am also set "firsts" in aircraft technology, as when they became the first to use Boeing 747s in regular scheduled services.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Doug Miller, Gift, 2008

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Pan Am Footage, Accession 2008-0016, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

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